Institute for International Urban Development (I2UD)

The Institute for International Urban Development, I2UD, is a registered, non-profit organization that provides urban planning expertise to help governments and communities cope with rapidly changing urban environments. 

I2UD regroups the educators and planners who created and ran the Center for Urban Studies at Harvard University for 20 years. In 2005, the center became an independent organization, building on past excellence to continue to provide technical assistance, action research and educational programs that inform decision makers and educators; improve the lives of citizens; unite policy makers, local leaders and donors; and deliver recommendations that serve communities. 

The Institute emphasizes community and intra-regional participation and implementation-oriented strategies to help cities and regions achieve their planning and development goals. I2UD has drafted urban and regional plans, development frameworks, slum upgrading programs and municipal finance strategies in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe. It is a leader in developing capacity building methods as a cornerstone of technical assistance through close interaction with local partners. This collaborative approach has resulted in the development of unique planning tools to analyze, visualize and present complex urban development strategies at multiple scales. 

I2UD has vast experience reframing urban planning and management programs to support reconciliation and development in societies and economies coming out of conflict or undergoing rapid social, political and economic transitions. It provides expertise not only in technical areas of spatial planning, governance, economic development, land management and municipal finance, but also in the delicate skills of facilitation and stakeholder engagement.

I2UD also conducts research that advances the understanding of complex urban dynamics and the drivers of transformation in cities and regions; from documenting urbanization trends to identifying emerging best practices. International organizations, policy makers and practitioners use I2UD’s findings to shape future programs. Staff members draw on their educational expertise to develop, organize and participate in executive training programs in urban management, strategic planning and development sponsored by organizations such as the World Bank and UN-Habitat. The Institute is active in international networks on issues of sustainable development, land governance, and social accountability and is often invited to present at national and international forums and conferences.

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